The NSW Aquaculture Association in conjunction with NSW DPI Fisheries is holding an aquaculture field day at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute, Taylors Beach, NSW on the 5th May, 2017, followed by a late lunch and tour at a commercial Barramundi Farm.
The Port Stephens Fisheries Institute (PSFI) is the key research institute for NSW. Their aquaculture research group develops technology for new or existing aquaculture industries.
Key facilities used for this research at the PSFI include a mollusc hatchery, a quarantine mollusc hatchery, marine fish broodstock centre, marine fish hatchery, marine fish nursery facilities and grow-out tanks and ponds.
This aquaculture event will allow attendants a private tour of the NSW Fisheries facilities, including;
- The latest in hatcheries, recirculating aquaculture facilities, broodstock tanks and ponds, etc.
- A rundown on what NSW Fisheries does and its different research projects. Aquatic ecosystem researcher, Marine Parks, Artificial reefs, Aquaculture research.
- Oysters - Developing and improving hatchery and nursery techniques for Sydney rock, Pacific, Pearl and Flat oysters, as well as other molluscs (eg. pipis). Genetically improving Sydney rock oysters (eg for disease resistance, faster growth and improved condition). Researching the impacts of human activities and climate change on oysters.
- Marine Fish - Improving methods for hatchery production of mulloway, Australian bass, yellowtail kingfish and southern bluefin tuna. Producing Australian bass and mulloway for stock enhancement. Investigating potential of inland saline water for aquaculture. A highlight will be to see the new Yellowtail Kingfish broodstock holding and breeding facility.
- Algal Production - Production of live algae for PSFI and industry. Mass culture 7-12 algal species.
- Recirculating aquaculture systems and ponds - Nutrition, Diet Development, Developing and improving diets for fish and prawns. Currently focused on mulloway and yellowtail kingfish growout diets. Replacing fishmeal with Australian agriculture ingredients. Producing more cost-effective, environmentally friendly feeds, etc.
Join us to see their recirculating aquaculture systems and hatcheries. There are limited numbers available for the day, please register early to ensure your place.
Please Note: This is a bio-security site and you will need to move between foot baths - clean clothes and closed toe shoes are mandatory. For further details "Download the instruction sheet"
After the NSW Fisheries tour we will be moving 12.5 minutes down the road to Cookabarra Restaurant for lunch.Fresh fish chips & salad cooked as either a baked fillet or in a light batter or a chicken Schnitzel option for anyone that does not eat fish.
After lunch an Aquaculture Facility Tour of Tailor Made Barramundi Farm – Recirculating aquaculture Barramundi farm and hydroponic leafy green production tour.
At completion of the event members can stay on and a Metting of The NSW Aquaculture Association which will be conducted in the conference room. All members are welcome to attend.